The extinguishing of the Olympic flame recently signalled the end of the 30th Modern Olympic Games, which will be remembered for a long time by a lot of people in many respects. The British surpassed themselves, so to speak, with the organisation and running of the games. They proved just how important careful and detailed preparation is for every event. And this is no different for canine events, although even our biggest events can nowhere near match the participation and response levels of the Olympics, of course. You have to wonder why even little known sports can lure so many viewers to the TV screens while our major events, which undoubtedly exist, are mostly well and truly ignored by the TV stations. This topic was dealt with to some extent during the scientific symposium held last year, at which ways were demonstrated in which this aspect can be improved. It is now up to us to analyse and improve this situation. The likely answer to this question is “action”. Nowadays, this requirement would appear to be best met by the Agility discipline, which can usually also attract large numbers of spectators.

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Hans W. Müller
FCI President
Taoyuan (TW), July 15th, 2012
5 Questions for a Show : interview with the president of the Organising Committee, Mr San-Der Shih

When was the first edition of the show held and how dit it develop?

San-Der Shih

The Kennel Club of Taiwan (K.C.T.) was established in 1990. The first edition of the show was organised in 1993. After two decades of development, the show entries varied from less than 200 dogs to 782 dogs (as of the FCI Asian and Pacific Section Show 2009). There are 288 dogs entered at this 115th International Dog Show. This year’s entry is lower than the average level of show entry.

Are you happy about this year’s edition?

We are confident and happy to see this year’s results, after the constant efforts of the whole team.

How “international” can this event be considered (judges, exhibitors, etc.)?

Mr C.V. Sudarsan (from India) and Mr Daniel Kwee (from Indonesia) are Invited for the show. It is easier for exhibitors from Japan to show their dogs in Taiwan. We expect the national quarantine rules to be easier for dogs from other foreign countries to enhance the “international ” level of our show.

What is your strategy (if any) to attract more exhibitors, public and medias’ attention?

  • Announcement in both national magazine and website.
  • Organising shows at shopping mall.
  • Providing exquisite trophies.
  • Facebook and Twitter information.
  • Cooperating with pet food distributors at special event.
  • Advertise at local wired TV.

Did you have to take into consideration specific circumstances (social, economical, country-specific, etc.) when preparing and organising this big event?)

We tried to offer the best facilities for the exhibitors, including the indoor show ground, air-conditioned stadiums, benches, capable ring stewards, stands of various pet foods and equipments.